Charging and Remission Policy
Reviewed September 2012
Although education is provided free of charge, the Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, trips and residential experiences can make towards pupils’ personal and social education.
The contributions are genuinely voluntary, a parent’s inability or unwillingness to pay does not prevent a child taking part in the activity.
The Governing Body hope to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
The Head Teacher may seek voluntary contributions from parents for activities, in and out of school hours, which require additional resourcing. The contributions are genuinely voluntary, a parent’s inability or unwillingness to pay does not prevent a child taking part in the activity. However, the Head Teacher may cancel the proposed activity if insufficient voluntary contributions are received.
The Head Teacher may ask parents to pay for damage to and/or loss of school property and equipment when the accepted rules of the school have been disregarded.
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge of the full cost to each pupil for any payments necessary for activities outside school hours e.g. extra curricular activities and clubs.
The Governing Body may, from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE POLICIES IN RESPONSE TO
SECTIONS 106-111 AND 116-118 OF THE EDUCATION REFORM ACT
CHARGING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
That the full cost of board and lodging on any residential visits is charged.
That a charge be made for the full cost of activities that take place wholly or mainly outside school hours.
That where tuition in the playing of a musical instrument is specifically set up for a single individual, an appropriate fee is charged to cover the Performing Arts Service costs.
REMISSION OF CHARGES FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
On residential visits wholly or mainly in school hours in the definition of the Act or provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or in order to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to Religious Education, charges for board and lodging will be remitted for pupils whose parents are in receipt of Free School Meals, the costs to be found from within existing school resources.